Temple of Doom always seems to be the film in the Indy series that brings out extremes in reaction. I always just took it at face value...I did not want a repeat of Raiders, nor did I expect one, I liked the fact that it was different and darker and had lots of action. I enjoyed Short Round "cwash landing!", and the fact that this one was set in a different culture with a different goal. Keeping in mind that this is an earlier adventure of a more mercenary Indy, I liked the character growth it represented. I loved the over the top action sequences, which were signaled by the opening song ANYTHING GOES, the Cole Porter classic tune of the period. I thought it was a fun movie and by the way, I think the opening sequence showed Spielberg could do just about anything...the opening titles alone were an experience. The Busby Berkeley dance number was Lucas's idea, because Steven had always wanted to do a musical...this gave him his chance, Spielberg jumped on the idea. I went back and did a little research on Temple of Doom in the book THE COMPLETE MAKING OF INDIANA JONES: THE DEFINITIVE STORY BEHIND ALL FOUR FILMS. The original title of the movie was INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DEATH. Lucas specifically says in one quote that they were looking to make a film that was more "edgy", but they did eventually back off of the word "Death" in the title. Temple of Doom was released on a modest 1,685 screens (modest by today's standards) in the U.S. and Canada on May 23, 1984. Weeks before it's opening, theatre owners who had seen previews had demanded prints for 500 more screens, sensing it would be a hit. They were correct. Temple of Doom recorded a one day record at that time, $ 9 million worth of tickets sold in a single day. Temple of Doom also set a record for the largest one week gross in the history of movies at that time, $ 45,709,328. According to a Variety headline, front page article by James Greenberg entitled: JONES BUILDS A TEMPLE OF GOLD, Temple of Doom, in setting these two records, surpassed the records set the previous year by STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI! It was the # 1 film of 1984 in Japan, and broke numerous records in Australia. Final tally on "Doom" was that it made 333 million dollars internationally, easily paying back Paramount on it's budget of $ 28,175,356. As Lucas says, "Temple of Doom invented the PG-13 rating because it was too gross to be a G, and it wasn't gross enough to be an R." My favorite line is in the camp scene, "the trouble with her...is the noise." Temple of Doom is the Rodney Dangerfield of Indiana Jones movies. It doesn't get any respect. Let's discuss it. If it had been the first Indiana Jones film released, how would it have done?